Snacks & Begging

Rewarding your pet

We all like to reward our pets, but all too often we think of food as the first option. There’s no reason why a pet on a weight loss programme can’t receive rewards but why not try some alternatives to food that your pet is sure to appreciate just as much.

  • A brush or massage: A relaxing way for you to bond with your pet that warms up muscles, releases tension and stimulates blood circulation.
  • Fun, games or exercise: Play a game of fetch, or hide a toy in a sand pit and encourage some digging, take them out for a short walk, or buy a chew toy or puzzle toy.

The idea is to provide some mental and physical stimulation and pile on the praise, attention and cuddles. If you think about it they’re almost sure to love that more than the quick unhealthy titbit that hardly touches their mouth before being gulped down.

Human Equivalent to Snacks

Table scraps are inappropriate for pets – especially those on a weight loss programme. Take a look at this list of unhealthy snacks and what it would mean in human terms:

Healthy Choices

A limited amount of healthy snacks like those shown below will not compromise weight loss but use them occasionally.

Low Calorie Snacks kcal
¼ cup of carrot 17
¼ cup of green beans 9
¼ apple 12
¼ rice cake 9
½ fat free wheat cracker 6
½ medium cucumber 8
1 stalk celery 6
½ dried apricot 16

Avoid giving carbohydrate snacks to a cat being fed Hill’s Prescription Diet m/d.

Don’t forget Hill’s Science Plan offers a range of Light Snacks that you can use occasionally to reward a milestone.